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The FBI is investigating massive embezzlement of Border Patrol union funds

The head of the powerful union representing border patrol agents nationwide said the FBI is working to identify who stole some $500,000 out of the coffers of the El Paso local. The theft raises more questions…

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Trump’s new spy chief used to work for a foreign politician the U.S. accused of corruption

Richard Grenell did not disclose payments for advocacy work on behalf of a Moldovan politician whom the U.S. later accused of corruption. His own office’s policy says that could leave him vulnerable to blackmail. by Isaac…

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Posted in Ethics News Podcast Pro Publica Public Policy

How much has the government spent at Trump’s properties? It won’t say.

“He’s paying our money to himself,” the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold told “Trump, Inc.” “There must be so much more we haven’t seen.” by Ilya Marritz, WNYC Feb. 19, 4 a.m. EST This month, The Washington…

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Utah Representative proposes bill to stop Payday Lenders from taking bail money from borrowers

THE NEW DEBTORS PRISONS Debtors prisons were banned by Congress in 1833, but a ProPublica article that revealed the sweeping powers of high-interest lenders in Utah caught the attention of one legislator. Now, he’s trying to…

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Posted in Immigration News Policing Pro Publica Public Policy

A group of agents rose through the ranks to lead the Border Patrol. They’re leaving it in crisis.

How several agents from a small outpost in Arizona, including recently retired chief Carla Provost, climbed to the top of the Border Patrol, then one by one retired, leaving corruption, misconduct and a toxic culture in…

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Border Patrol Officials dodged Congress’ questions about migrant children’s deaths

The chair of a House Homeland Security subcommittee reprimanded Border Patrol officials for concealing information about migrant children’s deaths. Officials did not respond to the chairwoman’s criticism. by Robert Moore, special to ProPublica Jan. 14, 5:38…

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They loan you money. Then they get a warrant for your arrest.

THE NEW DEBTORS PRISONS High-interest loan companies are using Utah’s small claims courts to arrest borrowers and take their bail money. Technically, the warrants are issued for missing court hearings. For many, that’s a distinction without…

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TurboTax and others charged at least 14 million Americans for tax prep that should have been free, audit finds

Tax software companies made around $1 billion in revenue by charging people who were eligible to file for free. by Paul Kiel and Justin Elliott Feb. 5, 3:18 p.m. EST More than 14 million taxpayers paid…

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Reporting Recipe: How to identify suspicious campaign finance records

This week’s episode of “Trump, Inc.” reveals how watchdogs discovered contributions eventually traced to key figures in the Ukraine scandal. Here’s how regular people can do the same on their own. by Ilya Marritz and Matt…

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Zero Tolerance: “Women to one side, men to the other”: how the Border Patrol’s new powers and old carelessness separated a family

Under Trump, Border Patrol agents wield nearly unchecked power over the fate of migrants — and their seemingly random decisions can cleave families apart. by Dara Lind, ProPublica Jan. 31, Mirza had a sense of foreboding…

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Donald and Ivanka Trump were involved in inauguration’s inflated payments to family business, new suit says

“Members of the Trump family were aware of and involved in the negotiation of this unconscionable contract,” the District of Columbia’s attorney general wrote in the suit. by Ilya Marritz, WNYC, and Justin Elliott, ProPublica January…

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Six children died in Border Patrol care. Democrats in Congress want to know why.

Video obtained by ProPublica contradicted the Border Patrol’s account of 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez’s death. Now, House Democrats are pressuring the agency to explain why six migrant children died under its care in less than…

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Posted in National News Off the wire Pro Publica Taxes

IRS Reforms Free File Program, Drops Agreement Not to Compete With TurboTax

Finding free online tax filing should be easier this year for millions of Americans. by Justin Elliott and Paul Kiel, ProPublica, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. EST The IRS announced significant changes Monday to its deal with the…

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The TurboTax trap: TurboTax tricked customers into paying to file taxes.

 Now several states are investigating it. ProPublica revealed that TurboTax maker Intuit charged millions of Americans for tax filing services they were eligible to receive for free. Now multiple state attorneys general have opened investigations into…

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Inside the cell where a sick 16 yr old boy died in Border Patrol care

Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant, was seriously ill when immigration agents put him in a small South Texas holding cell with another sick boy on the afternoon of May 19. A few hours…

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How McKinsey helped the Trump Administration detain and deport immigrants

Newly uncovered documents show the consulting giant helped ICE find “detention savings opportunities” — including some that the agency’s staff viewed as too harsh on immigrants. by Ian MacDougall, Pro Publica Just days after he took…

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